Michael Clavier (mug shot MDOC)
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New details are emerging about a married couple found dead in an apparent murder/suicide at 1407 W. Mt. Vernon in Springfield yesterday (07-12-11.)

According to court documents, forty six year-old  Michael F. Clavier beat up his then girlfriend, fifty three year-old Yvonne, and forced her to take more than 300 presciption pills before stabbing her in the chest and pubic area on November 7, 2008.

Michael Clavier told authorities he had been drinking and had no recollection of how Yvonne received her injuries.  Yvonne's son, William Michel, told cops he witnessed Clavier assaulting his mom and believed he was trying to kill her.



Yvonne Clavier
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Michael Clavier pleaded guilty to the assault of Yvonne In April of 2009 and received a suspended 7-year prison sentence and was placed on probation.  Four and a half months later Clavier violated the conditions of his probation and was taken into custody.  He spent three months in lockup before prosecutors withdrew their motion to revoke his probation and was released on January 1, 2010.
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The Clavier's were found dead in an upstairs bedroom (courtesy Springfield News-Leader)
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Over the next year and a half, Clavier violated his probation three more times - he was ordered not to have contact with his wife. He was also ordered into a program at the Salvation Army Family Enrichment Center in Springfield on July 30, 2010.  In August he was placed in a program at Harbor House.
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At the last hearing on the probation violation on June 14, 2011, Judge Calvin Holden ruled that Clavier could have contact with Yvonne as long as he wasn’t consuming alcohol.  He was also ordered to obtain a prescription for Antabuse and to begin taking it  According to court records, Clavier was living at Sigma House treatment center on June 24th, 2011.

In an unrelated case, Clavier was charged with DWI and driving while revoked on July 6th for a May 5th incident. A warrant was issued for his arrest on July 11th.
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UPDATE:

Autopsies reveal that both Yvonne and Michael Clavier died of sharp force trauma to the neck.

7 comments:

Nate said...

My question is, why wasn't this guy in jail?? People who deal marijuana get a 7 year sentence (at least) and somebody who stabs his wife gets to walk around on probation?? Seriously? This is not increasing my confidence in our judicial system at all. The judge(s) and prosecutor(s) who kept letting him walk (at least 4 times) after violating his probation should be voted out/removed.

Anonymous said...

I know Michael's Ex-Wife and she really isn't surprised that he had did this! Apparently he has always been a violent man.

Anonymous said...

I met this guy when he was staying at the Salvation Army's Harbor House in 2010. I knew he had an alcohol violation but I had no idea he had had this fit of violence and rage with his wife. The guy seemed stable enough to me...he seemed like the program there at the Harbor House was doing him a lot of good...he was always kind and considerate, thinking before speaking and listening to advice...I liked he guy...he seemed alright to me...then I hear it from someone else just this morning August 19,2011 that he killed himself - killed his wife and himself about a month ago... I recall having seen them visit each other there at the Harbor House she came to see him a couple of times yeah, and they always looked so happy together...I was ...and am...stunned to hear about all this...it saddens me to know that apparently people CAN be susceptible to such incredible mood swings ...poor couple...how can this be ...when I saw them so happy together...how ironic it is that I sit in a cafe typing this while Pat Benatar's "love is a battlefield" plays in the background Yeah I'm effected yeah it makes me cry WHY WHY does love have to be a battlefield for some people something is wrong with this picture something is wrong with America

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute...after looking at this article again I see the update at the bottom that says they BOTH died of sharp force trauma to the neck....wtf...what the hell does that mean did they both hang themselves or what what the hell does shard force trauma to the neck mean how else does one kill themselves with sharp force trauma to the neck - this is starting to smell of double homicide now - I knew it seemed odd to me for Michael to think of him as having killed his wife and self - I saw him again at the library one day a year after I left him at the harbor house and what would have been about the time of this incident and he seemed just as well of on this day too and he said to me that Jim Snell said it was time for me to come home...Jim is the one that "runs" the Harbor house. God knows the real story here. God knows how Mike and his wife perished.

Anonymous said...

hi everyone this is william michel. I am yvonnes son and I was around for almost all of the insidents but not the murder. if springfield pd would have done their job my mother would still be here. and the sharp force truama to both was he slit her throut and then his.

Anonymous said...

To William Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. This really saddens me that you lost your mother.

I knew him when he lived in St. Louis. He had a long history of drug abuse and he had spent time in prison for that as well as other things. I lost touch with him over 15yrs ago and I found the article reporting this tragedy. I am surprised that the State of MO let him out of prison with the charges he had against him. When he was high or drunk, he was mean and had a temper. I was lucky. I got away from him in time. Don't get me wrong, he could be pleasant and well mannered when he wanted, but he was a manipulator and he was very good at manipulating people.

Once again, William, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother is watching down on you and she will be your forever angel. ((((HUGS))))

Anonymous said...

I knew mike f. clavier very well I was with him 10 years, had 5 kids with him , he was a very violent coward , what I dont understand is how the judge let him go ive sent him to prison for domestic abuse they had pictures of what he did , whats wrong with the justice system , I would hold the courts responsible for this they sure didnt do the homework , and her son he knew he was prison with him , I met Yvonne , and I told her he will kill you , you need to get away for him , once abuser always a abuser , yeah he did beat me , he did stop when I beat his ass back , he was a coward, there was no good in him .

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